After being a wedding photographer for 10 years, I have come to realize that families have cultures, just like countries have cultures. Some families are playful, some serious, some formal, and some down-to-earth-casual. The “culture” of Nikki, Nate, and their families, was overflowing with love, kindness and joy. You don’t have to spend much time with them to catch some of the overflow of their love. They (and their families) are a perfect match. It was a privilege to be their company to witness the joining to these families and an even greater honor to be the photographers entrusted with capturing their memories!!
When I arrived in Nikki’s room (at the gorgeous Hotel Havana!), I was instantly greeted with smiles and laughter. Nikki’s ladies were drinking mimosas, while oohing and ahhing over the perfection that was Nikki the bride. Everyone was happy to help and honored to be a part of Nikki and Nate’s celebration. One comment from me about the light being better from another direction, and there were three ladies in heels and sequined dresses rearranging the furniture!
Their wedding ceremony and reception were both held at the Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio, TX. It was truly a family affair. Nikki’s brother preformed the ceremony (unofficial title of “Bad Ass Officiant”), Nate’s brothers played the music for the ceremony, sang during the mother/son dance, and gave some of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard at a wedding (and I’ve heard quite a lot of speeches!).
Nikki and Nate…Being a part of your wedding day was an absolute delight. We wish you all the joy and happiness that you give to others. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!!
PS – This day would not have been possible were it not for the wedding-coordinating guru that is Nancy Hernandez! (with Eventfully Yours) This was our first time working with Nancy, but it won’t be the last! She was absolutely. incredible. If you are on the hunt for a wedding coordinator that will thoughtfully handle every detail of your big day, Nancy needs to be on your list! –> www.eventfully-yoursllc.com
This gorgeous ring belonged to Nikki’s grandmother. I adore personal touches like this. Nikki, you are a light. This smile was on her face all day. Nikki’s bridesmaids seeing her for the first time in her dress. Love those smiles. Special thanks to the furtiture rearranging bridesmaids for this image!! Don’t worry, we put everything back :) The whole group — bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers and house party. They made my job so easy! Nikki ad Nate, you have some amazing friends and family!! Emma was the most adorable and helpful flower girl. Such a cutie!!
#GoodGirlGoneBadding (Nate’s last name). Best wedding hashtag EVER!!
Nikki’s parents walking her down the aisle. It is easy to see where Nikki gets her smile from. Weddings at the gazebo at the Southwest School of Art = our favorite. :)
I love this image. A hug between Nate and his brother Tyler, after he gave the most beautiful and heartfelt speech, describing Nikki and Nate’s relationship as a love song all their own. It was perfection. Nikki’s nephew, Sam, couldn’t resist giving his aunt a hug of congratulations! We are often asked if we take formal family photos… why yes, we doooo!
Southwest School of Art chapel, oh how we love thee for wedding receptions. Nikki + Nate, your wedding was BEAUTIFUL and I can honestly say we will never forget it! THANK YOU for allowing us to capture these moments!
View our other weddings at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas here: http://tinyurl.com/BTLswschool
Wedding Coordinator: Nancy Hernandez, Eventfully Yours, San Antonio TX
Wedding Ceremony: Southwest School of Art, San Antonio TX
Wedding Reception: Southwest School of Art, San Antonio TX
Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Ashley Kravitz, Blush
Bride’s Dress: David Tutera
Bridesmaid Dresses: Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway
Wedding Band: Finding Friday